Current cost of solar panels in Surprise

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Prices based on a 5.8kW system, after 26% federal tax credit

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Cost range of local prices

$9,151-$11,185

Net profit (savings less system cost)

$25,814-$31,550

Payback period

7.1-8.7 years

Recommended size for the selected utility bill

5.8kW

Chart 1: Distribution curve of AZ residential solar cost 2020
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Note: Prices after 26% Federal Solar Tax Credit

Guide to solar power in Surprise in 2020

Surprise is a great place to go solar. You are probably using Arizona Public Service (APS) as your utility. APS offers net billing to their customers, so they pay for any excess solar energy their solar customers send to the grid. 

The most significant incentive to install solar panels in Surprise is the 26% federal tax credit. However, the tax credit is set to step down to 22% at the end of 2020. So in order to get the most savings potential, the best time to go solar in Surprise is now.

Another key incentive for going solar in Surprise is the Arizona solar tax credit, which is equal to 25% of the costs of a solar system, up to $1,000. By entering your address into our solar panel calculator below, you can see what other local incentives are available in your area.

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Current solar incentives and tax credits available in Surprise

Net metering

Arizona does not offer full retail net metering. Instead, Arizona utilties are required to compensate their solar customers who export energy to the grid with an on-bill 'export credit'. This export credit is worth less than the full retail rate of electricity. 

For instance, Surprise resdients who use APS will recieve $0.1045 per kilowatt hour (kWh) of excess solar energy they send to the grid. This is slightly lower than APS's retail rate of electricity of around $0.12 per kWh. 

Arizona solar energy tax credit 

Not only do Arizona residents get to take advantage of the federal tax credit, but they can also receive the state’s solar energy credit. Arizona’s solar energy credit is equal to 25% of the costs of a solar system, up to $1,000. That is a significant amount of savings on your income taxes. 

The 26% federal solar tax credit explained

The federal solar tax credit is equal to 26% of the total cost of installing solar panels on your home. The amount of the tax credit is then deducted from your federal taxes. You can claim the credit over several years if the amount you owe in taxes is less than the amount of your tax credit. You can only take advantage of the federal tax credit if you pay federal income taxes.

Keep in mind that the federal solar tax credit is set to step down at the end of 2021, falling from 26% of costs to just 22%. So, the best time to go solar is now, so you can maximize your solar savings.

How much will solar panels on my home save me?

The answer to this question depends on your electricity usage. Generally speaking, the higher your power usage, the greater your potential savings are from installing solar.

The average monthly electricity usage in Arizona is about 1,030 kWh per month. However, you are most likely using a lot more than this since this average includes small apartments and condos.

The Surprise solar panel savings calculator uses our database of electric rates from local utilities to convert your monthly power bill into how much electricity your home uses. From there, the calculator can work out how many solar panels you need to offset your power usage, how much a solar system will cost based on prices of local solar companies, and the amount of money you will save on your electric bill.

Cost and savings for a 9.05 kW average-sized solar system in Surprise

Cost per watt range

$2.1 - $2.57

Net cost of system

$10,754

Average payback

5.9 - 7.2 years

Annual power production

12,074 kWh

Levelized cost of solar energy

4¢ /kWh

If you don't get solar

22¢ /kWh

(forecast avg Arizona electric rates over the next 25 years)

Average solar savings on this system over the next 25 years

$44,441

(Savings shown after repayments of capital)

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Are solar panels worth it in Surprise

Solar panels have fallen in price by more than 80% in the last ten years. In 2020 they also remain subsidized by the 26% federal tax credit and the net metering law making them an excellent investment. They offer a return well above the long term average return from both the share market and also property investment.

Another way to look at this question is the levelized amount you will pay for each kWh of power you will use over the next 25 years with and without solar panels. As you can see below the savings are significant.

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Table 2: Available incentive programs
Eligibility: Federal incentive
Type: Personal Tax Credit
Eligibility: State incentive
Type: Net Metering

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Please keep in mind that the best source of up-to-date information on incentives are the solar installers who specialize in your area.

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